“It is a complicated, mega project.”
In this episode, host Jon Switalski spoke with LaDonna DiCamillo, the Southern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. We discuss what is next for high-speed rail – update on funding, environmental clearance, construction timeline, and more!
The recently approved state budget directs $4.2 billion in funding to the Bakersfield-to-Merced leg of the project. “The focus will be on the Central Valley,” says DiCamillo. “That will really get us a solid operating section so that Californians can see that this works, they can ride it, and then we can build on it from there.”
Since the start of construction, the high-speed rail project has created more than 8,600 construction jobs, with a majority going to Central Valley residents. This includes 2,913 jobs going to residents from Fresno County, 1,608 from Kern County, 849 from Tulare County, 380 from Madera County, and 293 from Kings County.
In this episode, learn more about the High-Speed Rail planning process, including:
- Environmental Review
- Community Outreach and Education
- Progress on the Southern California – Palmdale to Burbank – section of the project
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